2016 Premier 1 – Round 10 Wrap
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Premier 1 Men
Belconnen Ramblers (74) def. by TSC Pride (86)
The up-and-down play of the Ramblers continues, picking up the L against the young TSC team. With veteran Dan Jackson back in the line-up, the Ramblers were unable to counter Gunners swingman Bul Kuol, who dropped a game-high 31 points for TSC. In his first game back for the Ramblers, Jake Jobling put up just 8 points, after a strong season for the University of West Alabama Tigers. The Ramblers will need to get more from their back court moving forward to be considered serious contenders.
Belconnen Ramblers – D Jackson (20), J Freshwater (18)
TSC Pride – B Kuol (31), D David (15)
Wests Money Mechanics Magpies (88) def. Weston Creek Woden Dodgers (82)
The Wests train appears to have put itself back on track, at least for the time being, grinding out a tough one against the Dodgers in the “Battle for the West.” The return of the explosive Jonny Harris was much welcomed by Wests, with Harris dropping 18 points for the Magpies. Dodgers forward Dylan Simpson continued his great run of form with 25 points, with McGee chipping in 18 as well, but the experience of the Wests veterans shone through late and they secured the win.
Wests Magpies – J Harris (18), N Jackson (16)
WCWD – D Simpson (25), M McGee (18)
Ginninderra Rats (71) def. by Tuggeranong Vikings (91)
Short Gunners big man Ben Allen, the Rats fought hard through the first three quarters, and found themselves within striking distance at the start of the fourth. Behind young Gunners James Toohey and Stephen Rowe, the ‘Kings turned it on in the final period, outscoring the Rats 29-12 and blowing the game out in the process. Fun fact – both sides laced up a pair of brothers in this game; Mitch and Nate Brown for the Rats, and Iain and Glenn Morison for the ‘Kings.
Ginninderra Rats – D Hill (18), M Brown (15)
Tuggeranong Vikings – J Toohey (20), S Rowe (20)
Premier 1 Women
Ginninderra Rats (65) def. by Tuggeranong Vikings (67)
After a slow start by both teams, the Vikings built a lead in the second quarter behind a balanced offensive attack. League leading scorer Michelle Patt continued her great play for the Rats, dropping 31 points, but it unfortunately was not enough, with the Vikings clinging on to the lead late in fourth, despite being outscored 23-12 in the final period.
Ginninderra Rats – M Patt (31), S Skidmore (11)
Tuggeranong Vikings – T Ketels (18), S Anderson (14)
Wests Magpies (52) def. by Weston Creek Woden Dodgers (59)
After dropping their last two games and playing north side for three consecutive rounds, it seems the return down south was the cure for the Dodgers, taking a tight one against the Magpies in the second “Battle for the West” game of the night. After building a big lead at the end of the first, a slow third quarter almost saw the Dodgers come undone, but they were able to hang on late to break the losing streak.
Wests Magpies – E Bourne (16), T Beatty (12), S Taylor (12)
WCWD – A Coddington (21), N Johnson (14)
Norths Basketball Club (90) def. Belconnen Ramblers (71)
In the final women’s game of Round 10, the young Norths squad took on a short-handed Ramblers squad. Behind massive games by the Bourne sisters, Norths consistently built the lead throughout the game to amass a 19 point margin by the final buzzer, despite a balanced Ramblers offensive output. Rosie Schweizer was again strong for the Ramblers, leading her side with 19 points.
Norths – I Bourne (35), C Bourne (23)
Belconnen Ramblers – R Schweizer (19), A Dalgleish (15)